TCU Fights Its Way Into Elite Eight
May 18, 2017
ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 6 TCU men’s tennis team fought off a feisty No. 25 Illinois as they scored a 4-1 victory over the No. 25 Illini to advance to the Elite Eight in the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship on Thursday afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Center in Athens, Ga.
After meeting earlier this season with the Horned Frogs (22-4) picking up the easy win over the Illini (18-12), Thursday’s match was a different story as Illinois went point-for-point with TCU. In doubles action, late breaks on courts two and three proved to be the difference as the No. 57 pair of Alex Rybakov and Guillermo Nuñez got the 6-3 win to kick-off the match while Trevor Johnson and Cameron Norrie secured the doubles point with a 6-4 victory on court three.
The battle did not end there as the teams split the opening sets on all six courts. No. 114 Jerry Lopez cruised to a 6-0 win in the opening set before finding himself trailing 5-1 in the second. The senior did not miss a beat as he won six straight games to give TCU its second point of the match. No. 1 Norrie avenged his lone loss of the season by breaking No. 3 Aleks Vukic to secure the 6-3, 6-4 victory and put the Frogs within one point of the overall victory. No. 20 Rybakov found his match in a tiebreaker on court two as he prevailed 6-2, 7-6 (5) for his 21st straight victory of the season and the clincher for the overall match victory.
With the win, TCU advances to its second Elite Eight in three seasons and eighth all-time in program history.
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